A small, rosette-forming, insectivorous perennial herb formerly known from one site, described as a bog or moor. In mainland Europe, it grows in base-rich flushes, stony mires and the drier parts of open boggy heath, often at high altitude. Lowland.
or alien. P. alpina was known from a single site near Avoch (E. Ross), where it was first reported in 1831 and last recorded before 1919. It gradually declined as its site was encroached upon by cultivation and colonised by seedling conifers; it was also heavily collected. Its restriction to this single, otherwise unremarkable, lowland mire has led to suspicions that it may have been planted.
Eurosiberian Arctic-montane element.
Height (cm): 5
Perennation - primary
Life Form - primary
Clonality - primary
Clonality - secondary
Comment on Clonality
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
1998. On the extinct plants of Scotland. Species history in Scotland. :45-62.
1999. Britain's rare flowers.
1978. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.